In the summer of 2014, I stood on my bed and popped the screen out of the window. A few deep breaths as I braced myself to climb out and dive onto the driveway. I looked out over my neighborhood, the only place I remembered living. …

Critical Understanding

Clarification

To many, the principle of justice may conjure up images of a superhero, defeating villains and maintaining balance and order in the universe, which isn’t quite how the Belmont Report defines justice. In this case, the definition of justice is the determination of who is worthy to receive the…

The Process

This week, in our final sprint, the focus was on creating prototypes using a system called littleBits, which allows users to create small machines with easy-to-connect pieces. Since my partner and I had never used or even heard of littleBits before stepping into studio this week, we spent some time…

Part 1: Critical Understanding

Clarification

The idea of “respect for persons” may seem intuitive to an inexperienced individual, as it seems to mean to simply take the wishes of another person into account when conducting a task. The Belmont Report, however, defines respect for persons as a set of ethical conventions: “first, that individuals…

The Process

For this week, I went out into the field and observed people commuting to supplement my understanding of the principles of user research. I chose to observe people walking through Red Square, because it is a central location that gave me access to a large number of people to observe…

The Process

This week, our sprint was focused on ideation, the generation of ideas and concepts in a relatively short time frame. I decided to focus my ideation on sustainable commuting, specifically focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. To do so, I started by sketching 10 divergent ideas —…

Part 1: Critical Understanding

Clarification: What is Beneficence?

Beneficence is a word that to an inexperienced person may seem strictly involving benefits of a certain task, hence the common root among both words. The Belmont Report, however, defines beneficence as a set of rules: “1) do not harm and 2) maximize possible benefits while…

Alex Katson

Amateur writer, mostly about football and the NFL draft. UW psychology grad. Asian-American.

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